Bruce Springsteen is releasing a new single, “High Hopes,” on November 25th, according to Sony Music Germany’s website — though Springsteen’s reps aren’t confirming the information. He originally recorded the cover song during 1995’s brief E Street Band reunion and released it on the hard-to-find Blood Brothers EP. He resurrected it onstage in March when he toured Australia with guitarist Tom Morello (who was subbing for Steve Van Zandt), right around the time they went into a Sydney recording studio together.
“We’ve never had a recording session during a tour in our lives,” Springsteen told Rolling Stone. “We did a couple of things that I wanted to put down. So that was very exciting. And being with Tommy was exciting. The band – Steven, Nils, all those guys – continues to be a source of inspiration for me.”
“High Hopes” was written by Tim Scott McConnell in 1987. Three years later he re-recorded it with his band the Havalinas.
Springsteen and the E Street Band begin a new tour in January with a series of dates in South Africa and Australia. It’s unclear whether or not “High Hopes” is part of an upcoming album.
A rep for Springsteen cautioned that the info on the website is “not correct,” but didn’t elaborate.
Update: Bruce Springsteen has confirmed that the “High Hopes” single will indeed be released on November 25th. Multiple sources indicate it is from a new album.